Issued by US Department of State
Oct 31, 2005
This Public Announcement is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider travel to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico at this time due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Wilma. The storm passed through the Yucatan Peninsula on October 21-23, and did extensive damage to the Eastern Yucatan Peninsula, including the resort areas of Cancun, Cozumel, and the Riviera Maya. This Public Announcement expires on November 27, 2005.
The airport in Cancun is operating on Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and flight availability in and out of Cancun may be limited. Although some hotels are accepting guests, many hotels are closed for repairs that are expected to last weeks or months. Electricity, transportation and phone coverage are not fully operational. Those planning to travel to the area should reconfirm availability of flights (both departing and returning) and hotel before departure, understand that some services and facilities will be unavailable, and expect there will be extensive reconstruction.
Americans living or traveling in Mexico, particularly in the Yucatan Peninsula, are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov.
Updated information on travel in Mexico may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. For further information please consult the Consular Information Sheets for Mexico available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov or contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at 011-52-55-5080-2000. Please also see the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.